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Editorials

  • We congratulate: Those students who return to finish

    There are inspirational stories at the end of every school year, tales of students, young and old, who have persevered, diligently fought against odds and overcome adversity.

    In fact, to the dictum of having students “college and career ready” – which we embrace wholeheartedly – we add these examples of students who leave school “life ready.”

  • What we think: Voters must care about Election Day

    With the Primary Election now all counted and complete, most of our eyes will be affixed on the names that will appear at the top of the ballot in November. We don’t doubt Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will have a spirited slugfest as they try to woo Kentucky’s voters and electoral votes.

    But our greater focus this fall will be on the undercard of their heavyweight bout, the faces in the races to see who will emerge from our counties and neighborhoods to lead decision-making in our community for the next two to four years.

  • We congratulate: Our champions who set the pace

    One of the things we like most to do is to congratulate our young people on their success stories, and this is the time of year when that happens most frequently – with graduation, scholarships and the never-ending lists on Awards Night at our high schools.

    But on Friday night, in a stadium in Louisville, three Shelby Countians stepped forward and established themselves at the best at what they do against their peers from around the state.

  • What we think: The joke of redistricting is on us

    There remain many laps in the race for congress in House District 4, but no matter who wins at the polls on May 22, we get the distinct impression that Shelby Countians are going to lose.
    There are nine candidates – seven Republicans and two Democrats – vying for the seat held for four terms by Republican Geoff Davis, but even newer than those candidates is the presence of Shelby County in a congressional district that has its seat of power in the Northern Kentucky suburbs of Cincinnati.

  • What we think: Anonymous caller deserves our scorn

    Sophia Sanchez had one of those ideas that we love to praise.
    Ms. Sanchez, a student at Collins High School, decided that as a service project for her JROTC unit that she would set up boxes at each of the polling precincts on Primary Election Day so that voters could donate needed goods to the Shelby County Animal Shelter.

  • MY WORD: Gun argument is not well-founded

    Recently a lawyer from the firm Neal & Davis wrote a few short paragraphs “About gun laws,” April 18) ranting about thanking the NRA for a Florida homicide being the "result" of a "stand your ground" law.

  • What we think: Outlet mall plan will test us all

    The chorus of public debate about the proposed outlet mall in Simpsonville is just getting warmed up for what promises to be a full-blown, 3-act opera, and we hope to avoid a tragic aria at the end.

    Anytime something large and new is projected to be positioned in an area that previously has been a pristine barrier of nature for residents and property owners, there almost always is an immediate cry that such a change would be a bad thing for those vested in an area.

  • We congratulate: An inspiring idea to help others

    We see selfless acts frequently in Shelby County, but none has inspired us more profoundly than when we heard about the efforts of 12-year-old Jessica Carter.

    Maybe you saw the story about Jessica, a student at West Middle School. In 2009, after watching the movie The Blind Side and hearing the reaction of previously vagabond Michael Oher when he was presented with his very own bed, she was struck that there were other kids like Mr. Oher who didn’t have a place to sleep.

  • What we think: I-64 ramp’s survival deserves thanks

    Shelby County Magistrate Tony Carriss calls the eastbound merge lane from KY 55 onto Interstate 64 “the most dangerous transportation issue in our county.”

    And now, in the very near future, this dangerously short strip of asphalt will receive a new and presumably safer design as part of the new state roads budget.

    We had hoped this was coming, that the General Assembly would follow through on the hard work by state Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville), state Sen. Paul Hornback (R-Shelbyville) and retired state Sen. Gary Tapp before them.

  • We congratulate: Settlement in Saddlebred spat

    We’re glad the American Saddlebred Horse Association and its members have settled their very public and divisive spat, one that threatened the stability of one of our key industries and its showplace facility at the Kentucky Horse Park.

    Though we had read the position papers and the court findings, we really never understood why there was a spat in the first place.